Connecticut Asks Nursing Homes to Accept Coronavirus Positive Patients

Connecticut Asks Nursing Homes to Accept Coronavirus Positive Patients


Connecticut’s Department of Health is now asking nursing homes — homes to some of the most vulnerable — to accept coronavirus-positive patients.

The new guidance, released Thursday, January 6, details the expectations the department has for nursing homes when dealing with admissions. While the Health Department previously required transferred patients to test negative for the virus within 48 hours before going to a long-term care facility, that requirement is now null and void.

“Hospitalized patients should be discharged from acute care whenever clinically indicated, regardless of COVID-19 status,” Public Health Commissioner Dr. Manisha Juthani wrote in the memo:

Meeting criteria for discontinuation of isolation precautions (also known as transmission-based precautions) is not a prerequisite for discharge from a hospital. PAC providers

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